Class I Railroads

Class I Railroads

Coverage of large freight railroad companies including traffic, revenue, freight tonnage and more.

The Track to Black: The financial health of major U.S. and Canadian railroads in the first quarter of 2013

Check out our latest rail dashboard to get a look at the financial health of major U.S. and Canadian railroads.


CSX's Northwest Ohio intermodal hub is essentially a giant classification yard for intermodal containers, with huge gantry cranes serving as the functional equivalent of switch locomotives. Strategically located at an operational node of the CSX east-west network, it serves CSX in much the same manner as an airline hub. Containers are flown from one train to another rather than cars being switched, although flat switching still occurs when the volume of like-destination cars in a train reaches a certain threshold.

News & Analysis

28 Aug 2015
South Florida ports are readying themselves for gale force winds and a downpour of rain as Tropical Storm Erika prepares to make landfall in the Sunshine State this Monday.
26 Aug 2015
Last week U.S. intermodal volume growth hit its fastest pace in roughly two months.
20 Aug 2015
Despite flatlining train speeds and persisting service issues, U.S. intermodal volumes have increased to their highest level in more than two months.
18 Aug 2015
U.S. truckload rates continued to rise in July and domestic intermodal pricing dropped, as shippers continued to find it more and more difficult to justify converting business from highway to rail, according to Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.
12 Aug 2015
Canadian National Railway’s President and CEO Claude Mongeau said Wednesday he will take a three-month leave of absence to address significant health concerns.
11 Aug 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway says infrastructure improvements and added locomotives are improving network velocity, but the railroad’s intermodal train speeds, an indicator of network reliability, tell a different story.
08 Aug 2015
Canadian National Railway plans to invest C$20 million to expand its cold supply chain capacity to help producers and distributors of chilled and frozen foods increase business in North American and overseas markets.
06 Aug 2015
Intermodal shippers using Kansas City Southern Railway can expect improve after train speeds slowed during recent track work, and a surge of coal and crude oil volumes hit the network.
04 Aug 2015
In the latest leadership change at Norfolk Southern Corporation, the company announced Tuesday that Deborah Butler, chief information officer and executive vice president of planning, will be retiring October 1.
03 Aug 2015
With carload volume, particularly coal shipments, declining and railroads’ enviable profit growth slowing, the acknowledgement shared during second-quarter earnings calls that intermodal has lost share to truck reflects not only the dynamism of surface transportation but a rare case in which railroads must step up their game or lose valuable business.